Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Offspring | Friday Night Lights | VEEP

I speed-watched the first season of Offspring in the few days before my last class started, and LOVED it; if my library’d had season two, I’d have borrowed it in a heartbeat/whenever we could next get there. I asked my sister to check her library for season two, but had no luck there either, and I considered buying it, but couldn’t quite bring myself to (the money, but also the thought of owning just one season of a TV show that’s not the first season makes me feel weird). And then I remembered I was still a member of the library from the place we lived in before the last place we lived in, so I checked their website and THEY HAD IT!! It came in just in time for this break - thank you, Jesus.

Anywho, back when I finished the first season of Offspring and realised I might never be able to watch season two for free, I decided instead to check out Friday Night Lights, which had been recommended to me by a couple of friends. It took me a little while to get into it – it’s based on the players and coaches of the Dillon Panthers, a high school football team in Texas, so there wasn’t too much I related to initially, but gradually I became a little bit obsessed and now that I’m watching season two of Offspring I’m finding myself wishing I was instead watching Friday Night Lights and finding out how my friends there are getting on in season two of their show, and I’m desperate to borrow it and continue my one-episode-per-night dates with them. It’s very well acted, and there are interesting and lovely characters and plots (I pretend the kids are 20 rather than 15 or 16, and that makes me feel better), and I’ve cried a lot while watching, and laughed quite a bit too, and basically I’m completely hooked and desperate to find out what happens next. CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CANT LOSE. 

Season two of Offspring’s not as good as the first, I reckon, although I don’t know whether this is because I cheated on it with FNL or whether it’s because something’s actually changed. There seem to be more ‘as if’s about this season (like, do people actually spontaneously pash other people after knowing them for three episodes worth of time?! And why is there suddenly an anaesthetist always around when there was none last season, and where is the replacement paediatrician this season, huh? THINK OF THE BABIES! It seems the writers are more concerned with Nina’s next romance. Also, watching women give birth while lying on their backs drives me crazy). I’m not too far in yet, though, so perhaps the season gets better as it goes on. (I finished watching it today; it does. I now don’t know whether to move onto the third season of Offspring or whether to switch to season two of FNL. This is perhaps the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life.)

In the last week of my class, before I started the second season of Offspring, I borrowed the second season of VEEP from the library, because the episodes only go for 20 minutes (or so) and I found it to be a nice way of taking my mind off study for a bit before heading to bed. I find VEEP 6.5-out-of-10 entertaining rather than hilarious, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just incredible to watch; the awards she’s won for her performance in the show are absolutely deserved, and I’m sticking with it purely to marvel at her brilliance.

1 comment:

  1. I'm jealous of your well-stocked library! Great reviews 😊.